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  • How to Tell a Story
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    How to Tell a Story

How to Tell a Story

How to Tell a StoryOne of the most searched-for communication skills on the Internet is “how to tell a story.” Stories are enjoyable, alive, effective and easy to retain. And you don’t have to be a professional storyteller to utilize this powerful communication technique.

These are 10 simple steps to telling a good story:

  1. Select a story. Sounds simple, but you need to find a story that you love and that’s relevant to your situation. A testimonial can be a powerful way to support your topic. But you can also use
  • Winging It Isn't a Strategy
    Winging It Isn’t a Strategy for Media Interviews Winging It Isn’t a Strategy for Media Interviews

    Winging It Isn’t a Strategy for Media Interviews

Winging It Isn’t a Strategy for Media Interviews

Winging It Isn't a Strategy

After teaching interview skills for the past three decades, I’ve seen a lot. And believe me when I say it isn’t all pretty. I’m continually amazed at how many folks think “winging it” is a strategy. I understand being confident, but no matter how great you are at what you do, the odds of hitting one out of the ballpark without taking time to consider a few basic things are extremely thin.

So, what do you need to do to rock that interview?

  1. Message

TheCenter_09052013_A8A9760Often, if you’re asked […]

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    Free webinar: Being an effective manager Free webinar: Being an effective manager

    Free webinar: Being an effective manager

Free webinar: Being an effective manager

Last month, we asked what’s better than a free webinar? And you overwhelmingly agreed that it’s a webinar you can watch any time, all day long.

Because of your positive response to the easy-to-view, 24-hour timeframe of last month’s webinar, The Center will repeat this format in December and with our 2015 webinar offerings. It’s the same engaging and interactive conversation, but with the ability to watch when it’s most convenient for you and your team members.

Free Webinar – Being an Effective Manager: A Villain or a Hero

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
(1 hour)
Viewing Availability: 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (CST)

Are you a new manager or a manager of a new team? You can choose to be the villain or the hero simply by how you behave, lead and get the work done.

This webinar will discuss the following:

  • Learning manager 101: The basics to managing […]
  • AlarmClock
    Manage your meetings by managing your life Manage your meetings by managing your life

    Manage your meetings by managing your life

Manage your meetings by managing your life

Meeting, after meeting, after meeting. Sometimes, we have meetings to plan other meetings. These kinds of days not only leave us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, but result in little to no time left on the calendar to do all the work talked about in those meetings! And there are almost as many articles about meeting management as there are meetings! Okay, maybe not quite, but you get my point. Something has to change and since this is not rocket science, why do we not get it?

AlarmClockWell, the answer is simple. We do not see the bigger picture. Sure, you can do the powerful few:

  1. Make an agenda and send it out ahead of the meeting. Ask for an agenda when invited to a meeting. No agenda? No meeting.
  2. Assign someone to take minutes, […]